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Scientists in Action: Landing on Mars

Program Description

The ultimate road trip to Mars is almost complete! In July 2020, the Perseverance rover was launched on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet. On February 18, this state-of-the-art spacecraft will make its descent to Mars, where it will study the planet’s surface in a survey for signs of microbial life. Join spacecraft engineers and Mars scientists behind the scenes for a live look at how the Perseverance team prepared for “seven-minutes of terror,” the high-powered process of landing a spacecraft on Mars.  
Your questions will shape the conversation as we explore the future of space science and find answers to our biggest questions about mysterious Mars.  

Date and Times

Thursday, February 25, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are  Mountain Time.


Recommended for grades 4 – 12, but all are welcome.

Program Length

45 minutes


Participating in this electronic field trip is FREE at this time. 

Equipment requirements

Scientists in Action is available to groups doing in-person and remote learning. Each participant or group will need a computer or device connected to the internet. Groups doing in-person learning may request an on-camera panelist spot, which will require a webcam, external microphone, and external speakers. 

Scientists in Action events are presented via Zoom videoconferencing software, downloadable at 

About Scientists in Action

Scientists in Action is a monthly broadcast series that connects learners everywhere with real  scientists where they work, and is driven by audience Q&A. Each event is a live, two-way  interactive webcast with multiple schools, organizations, homeschools, pods, and families participating.   

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